According to the Centers for Disease Control, children and adolescents should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily. Here are some types of activity they should be getting:
- Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.
- Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
- Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
It is important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety. Attached is a 4-page fact sheet for families on how to achieve 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
** This information has been shared with you by Barb Flis, mother of two and creator of Parent Action for Healthy Kids.